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    back with Camenzuli deployed as side back on the left Emerson Marcelina started in front of the defence supporting midfielders Rowen Muscat and Ryan Scicluna The forward trio was composed of Juan Quero and Ellinton Morais patrolling the sides and Plut in centre The First Half With the wind blowing in their favour the Stripes went out with all guns blazing and they went close to taking an early lead On the fourth minute Morais sprinted forward and sent an accurate cross to Plut but the latter s effort ended over Birkirkara had another good chance on the sixteenth minute when Camenzuli s cross was not held by goalkeeper Azzopardi and from the rebound Rowen Muscat s effort was parried by the Naxxar goalkeeper A minute later Emiliano Lattes had a shot ending over for Naxxar The Stripes wasted a golden opportunity on the eighteenth minute Camenzuli showed great skill to shift the ball to the right side with an excellent cross to Morais and the latter delivered a fine cross only for Scicluna to fire over from an ideal position Birkirkara almost paid the ultimate price for being careless in front of the goalkeeper as on the twenty first minute Marcelina failed to clear into safety and the ball ended in the path of Ousson Sidoine who all alone against Haber shot over from close range Naxxar goalkeeper Julian Azzopardi produced a fine save on an effort by Ellinton Morais on the twenty sixth minutes as the Stripes continued to push forward and four minutes later Ryan Camenzuli had a direct free kick from a diagonal angle ending wide On the other side of the pitch Justin Haber had to rush out and anticipate the ball from the onrushing Sidoine who had been sent clear by Debono Birkirkara broke the deadlock five minutes from half time Plut powered himself inside the box before delivering a low cross with Ryan Scicluna meeting the ball inch perfect to hit past goalkeeper Azzopardi for the opening goal One became two in the space of two minutes as the Stripes were quick to profit from their momentum The technique of Juan Quero was creating countless problems for the Naxxar defence The Spanish forward dribbled past his marker and had his cross deflected into the path of Morais who slammed the ball home The Second Half Trailing by two Naxxar had to face another set back ten minutes into the second half as Angus Buhagiar floored Vito Plut outside the box and he was sent off for a double booking From the resulting free kick Plut had his effort blocked by the wall and deflected into a corner kick In Birkirkara s first substitution Mauricio Mazzetti was replaced by Gareth Sciberras on the sixty third minute This change led to a tactical adjustment as Marcelina was deployed at the back while Sciberras was introduced in midfield Sciberras was quickly involved in the action as the Naxxar goalkeeper denied the Birkirkara midfielder from a close

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    on being voted the BOV Player of the Match For Camenzuli this was the third goal in the league and the second time voted as the player of the match Mr Giovanni Tedesco was hit with a number of injuries as Fabrizio Miccoli Juan Quero Paul Fenech and Shola Shodiya are all recovering from different injuries while Edward Herrera who is also recovering from a struggling injury was only fit to start on the bench Under 19 s Team latest signing Josef Willy was called with the Senior Team for the first time The Italian Coach made three changes from the 2 2 draw against Naxxar Lions Cain Attard was replaced by Joseph Zerafa who was making his return following a one match ban Gareth Sciberras started at the expenses of Rowen Muscat while Nikola Vukanac made his return following an injury to replace the injured Juan Quero The First Half The match had a slow and balanced start with the first scoring opportunity arriving after eleven minutes There was an erratic clearance at the back with the ball reaching Ellinton Morais who had his fierce first time strike ending wide Tarxien began to settle down They were enjoying large swatches of possession in midfield as the Stripes chased for most of the opening stages Ayrton Azzopardi delivered a curling cross to the path of Luke Montebello on the twenty first minute but the latter s close range effort ended wide The Rainbows continued to dictate matters and they went close seven minutes later A direct free kick by Ayrton Azzopardi ended wide with the Stripes lacking from an ideas and punch up front in the opening thirty minutes The Stripes had strong protests for a penalty on the thirty third minute when Joseph Zerafa s cross seemed to come off Bruno Oliveira s arm but Referee Trustin Farrugia Cann turned down their protests and waved play on Ryan Camenzuli was showed a yellow card for his frustration on the decision by the referee The first half ended goal less The Second Half With Emerson Marcelina cautioned just before half time and the Stripes lacking spark in the attack Mr Giovanni Tedesco included Frank Temile off the Brazilian holding midfielder Tedesco now opted for a 4 2 3 1 formation Scicluna and Sciberras were now the two holding midfielders with Temile and Camenzuli at the either side of Morais who was now roaming behind striker Plut The inclusion of Frank Temile quickly left the desired results as the Stripes surged ahead after three minutes The Nigerian striker sprinted forward before passing to Morais who continue switching the play to Camenzuli and the latter struck a wonderful shot past goalkeeper Andrea Cassar Tarxien could have equalised on the fifty second minute when a long ball from the defence caught the Birkirkara s rear guard on the wrong foot but Luke Montebello s lob over Haber was cleared by Mauricio Mazzetti Three minutes later Alex da Paixao Alves had a fierce strike

    Original URL path: http://www.birkirkarafc.com/news.php?id=3778 (2016-02-08)
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    top scorer Vito Plut has now gone six matches without scoring Birkirkara s Coach set out a 3 5 2 formation and made one change from the narrow victory over Tarxien Rainbows Rowen Muscat started at the heart of the midfield off Emerson Marcelina and the National Team midfielder composed the midfield trio with Sciberras and Sciclina The three line defence was formed by Zach Muscat Mauricio Mazzetti and Vukanac with Camenzuli and Joseph Zerafa patrolling the wing backs The forward line was composed of the foreign duo of Ellinton Morais and Vito Plut For the Italian Coach Fenech Miccoli and Shodiya remained out of the equation as all failed to recover from different injuries while on the plus side Juan Quero was back after missing the last match The First Half The Stripes enjoyed more swatches of possession in the early stages but it took them till the sixteenth minute to produce the match s first scoring opportunity Rowen Muscat picked up Camenzuli on the left but the latter s curling shot ended wide The same player stole the lime light just moments later when he produced great skill to get through the ball between Umeh s feet and had his dangerous cross pushed into safety by goalkeeper Vella Valletta surged ahead in their first scoring opportunity on the twenty first minute Umeh sprinted forward on the left side before his low cross saw Federico Falcone sprinting inside the box unmarked and slammed past goalkeeper Haber There was a moment of tension at the National Stadium when Vukanac and Caruana exchanged words in one of Birkirkara s set pieces and Referee Esther Azzopardi showing the yellow card to both defenders The Citizens tactical plan of waiting for the Stripes and hit on the counter once again was crucial as they made them two on the thirty fourth minute A cross by Falcone saw the header of Pani punched away by Haber only for the ball to land at Briffa s feet and hit a wonderful shot past the Birkirkara goalkeeper Birkorkara were stunned They certainly enjoyed more possession but they lacked punch up front as Vella had not received any shot on target after the first thirty five minutes Morais delivered a good cross on the thirty seventh minute but Vukanac s header ended wide Two goals down Mr Tedesco made the first substitution on the thirty ninth minute as Camenzuli was replaced by Quero The inclusion of Quero saw no tactical changes as he was inserted on the right flank Referee Esther Azzopardi s half time whistle found the Stripes frustrated heading to their dressing room down with two goals after the first half The Second Half The Stripes went out all out on attack and they wasted two fine chances Zerafa was the key on both occasions as first his cross failed to be hit by Plut in front of Vella and just moments later Morais also failed to conclude in front the Citizenz goalkeeper Birkirkara put

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    recovered from a calf problem and was inserted in the starting eleven with Edward Herrera was also back in the fray following a struggling groin injury Ini Akpan defended the posts while Emerson Marcelina Edmond Agius and Frank Temile all retained a first eleven place The Italian Coach fielded a 3 4 1 2 formation Akpan defended the posts with the three line defence formed by Zach Muscat Cain Attard and Nikola Vukanac Edmond Agius and Emerson Marcelina composed the midfield department with Edward Herrera and Ryan Camenzuli starting on the wings Miccoli started roaming behind the two strikers Vito Plut and Frank Temile The First Half The Stripes dominated right from the start Temile had a low shot saved by goalkeeper Joshua Galea in the opening moments of the match after served by Edmond Agius while on the third minute Agius was the orovider once again this time to Miccoli who had a powerful shot ending wide Birkirkara surged ahead on the thirteenth minute Fabrizio Miccoli s shot from inside the box was blocked by the defence only for the ball to land at the path of Frank Temile who slammed home from close range Frank Temile had another fine scoring opportunity but his effort ended wide while on the twenty second minute Ryan Camenzuli supplied an excellent through ball to Plut but the latter s lob was blocked by goalkeeper Galea On the half hour mark Plut sprinted inside the box but his low shot was parried by Calleja was just one minute later the same player was unlucky to have his header deflected with goalkeeper Joshua Galea nuetralising the danger The Stripes made them two on the thirty eighth minute Camenzuli served Fabrizio Miccoli who showed great skills to dribble past his marker and unleashed a wonderful well placed shot from outside the box past goalkeeper Galea Two became three two minutes later Plut sprinted inside the box and fouled with the Referee ordering the penalty Miccolo showed a great gesture as he handed the ball to Frank Temile and the Nigerian striker made no mistake to score his second goal in the match The end of the first half found the Stripes leading by three thanks to a brace by Temile and another goal by Miccoli The Second Half The Stripes made them four two minutes inside the second half Miccoli had a fierce volley from the edge of the box blocked by goalkeeper and from the rebound Plut was in the right position to head home from close range Birkirkara s Coach Mr Giovanni Tedesco made two substitutions in space of a minute Scorer of the fourth goal Vito Plut was replaced by Kurt Zammit on the fifty sixth minute while minute later Miccoli was replaced by Juan Quero Frank Temile continued to enjoy a fine performance as he rounded two player before having a wonderful curling shot ending wide on the fifty seventh minute Birkirkara made them five on the fifty ninth minute In

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    opened the score while served substitute Edmond Agius the third goal to seal the issue Another sigh of relief for the Stripes was Plut s display as the Slovenian striker has found the net following an absence of seven league matches Mr Mansueto started with Akpan defending the posts Mazzetti and Vukanac forming the central backs while Zach Muscat and Zerafa started as side backs Rowen Muscat and Gareth Sciberras composed the midfield with Temile and Camemzuli patrolling the sides Morais and Plut started up front The First Half Birkirkara opened well and they treated twice in the opening stages First a volley by Morais from outside the box ended over while moments later a first time effort by Gareth Sciberras was saved by goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia Ellinton Morais could have made better on the eighteenth minute when he stole possession off Patmore Shereni just outside the box but his lob was weak and was easily saved by Farrugia Moments later Plut was unlucky to have his header cleared off the goal line after a fine corner by Temile The Stripes were enjoying more possession as they dictated matters in midfield thanks to the spirited display of midfielders Rowen Muscat and Gareth Sciberras On the other side Pembroke were being steady at the back as they were leaving no space to the Birkirkara forwards Morais was in action once again on the twenty seventh minute when his direct free kick from outside the box was saved by Farrugia Ten minutes later the Pembroke s defence failed to deal with Camenzuli s cross but Temile s shot ended over The Stripes broke the dead lock on the forty first minute Morais was quick to profit of Shereni s blunder and provided an excellent through ball to Ryan Camenzuli who had his drive off the right post and went in to put his side in the lead Referee Fyodor Zammit s whistle found the Stripes leading thanks to Camenzuli s goal at the break The Second Half There was a slow start inside the second half as Birkirkara remained compact and left no space to their opponents Compact at the back and precise up front the Stripes made them two in their first scoring opportunity They doubled their lead on the hour mark when after Temile and Morais interchanged their possession Morais surged forward on the right flank before his low cross found Plut who was at the perfect position to slot home from close range Birkirkara might have put their heads at rest with two goals up with half hour to go but they were quick brought up on their feet as after just six minutes they ended up playing with one player less Temile cautioned just minutes earlier made an erratic late tackle and received his second booking in space of ten minutes More woes were on the pipe line for the Stripes just minute later when goalkeeper Ini Akpan intercepted a cross from the left with the ball landing

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    points level with Floriana two points under Hibernians and five under Valletta Coach Mr Josef Mansueto was forced to do without the suspended Frank while Justin Haber remained unavailable along side with Paul Fenech and Shola Shodiya and the inclusion of Agius and Marcelina were the two changes by the Birkirkara Coach as they replaced Sciberras and Temile respectively with the latter was suspended Mr Mansueto fielded a 4 3 3 formation with Camenzuli and Morais playing at the either side of striker Plut Rowen Muscat Agius and Marcelina composed the midfield while there were no changes at the back as Zach Muscat and Zerafa started on the sides with Mazzetti and Vukanac as central backs The First Half Mosta started well and they threatened first after five minutes when Edin Murga surged ahead on the left wing before his second post cross was headed over by Ekani Rodriguez However the Stripes settled and it was them who took the lead after eighth minute Ellinton Morais was quick to serve Edmond Agius inside the box and the latter s first time shot beat goalkeeper Yenz Cini For Agius this was his second goal in the last two matches Mosta tried to hit back but it was the Stripes who almost doubled the lead on the fourteenth minute when Zach Muscat picked up Camenzuli inside the box who served unmarked Vito Plut but the latter s close range effort was blocked by goalkeeper Cini Birkirkara remained sharper in front of goal and mid way through the first half they produced another good opportunity Marcelina showed great vision to lob over the defence in the path of Plut but the Slovenian s lob from a tight angle ended wide by inches As time gone by Mosta began to increase the pressure with most of their attacks focused on the speed of Edin Murga However it was the Stripes who went close on the thirty seventh minute when Camenzuli dribbled past his marker but his shot was deflected into a corner Three minutes later the Stripes were only denied from the second goal by an excellent save of goalkeeper Yenz Cini Agius played a short corner to Morais who delivered a second post cross that saw Zach Muscat s acrobatic effort blocked by a brilliant save of Cini Mosta continued to push forward and they were being rewarded a number of free kicks First they protested for the second yellow card to Mazzetti following a foul outside the box and four minutes half time from another free kick Akpan tipped the ball over the bar after a close range header The Stripes headed to their dressing rooms enjoying a narrow lead thanks to Agius opener The Second Half Birkirkara started the second half well Just after two minutes Mazzetti had a direct free kick blocked by the alerted goalkeeper Cini while near the hour mark from a free kick from the right Vukanac s over head kick ended just over the bar The

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    defended the posts with Zerafa deployed to the centre back in the absence of Mazzetti in tandem with Vukanac Camenzuli and Attard started on the sides Sciberras and Agius acted as holding midfielders while Bibao was given an advanced role Temile and Morais started at the either side of central striker Plut The First Half The Stripes should have taken the lead after twenty seconds Plut burst through inside the box and rounded goalkeeper Vella but the Slovenian striker failed to hit the target from close range and his shot came off the post and ended into a goal kick Birkirkara remained brisker in the opening minutes and they had another scoring opportunity Morais served Plut and the latter anticipated goalkeeper Vella before serving Temile whose shot from an ideal position ended over There was another open chance for the Stripes when Plut picked Morais inside the box and the latter s back heel found Temile The Nigerian s effort hit the foot of the post while from the rebound it was the same player s shot that from just yards out was deflected into a corner The Stripes once again went close on the twenty second minute Temile delivered his corner outside the box in the path of Camenzuli and the latter sent a screamer from outside the box that saw Vella making an acrobatic save and he deflected the ball into another corner From the resulting corner taken again by Temile Gareth Sciberras was unlucky to see his header cleared off the goal line Temile remained one of the most active players in attack The speed of the Nigerian winger was proving to be one of Birkirkara s assets during the match His technical abilities were evident on the thirty third minute when he dribbled past his marker but his curling shot ended just over the bar It was a one way match with the Stripes creating a number of open chances but it was an own goal that put the Stripes in the lead Morais sprinted inside the box and his cross was blocked with Qormi s defender Ousmane Sidibe putting the ball into his own net in the attempt to clear the ball The Stripes could have made them two before the break Zarate made fine work in midfield before serving a precise through ball to Morais but the latter s shot from inside the box ended over as they ended the first half with only one goal to show for their superiority The Second Half For the start of the second half Coach Besek introduced Emerson Marcelina off Cain Attard Marcelina was inserted in midfield as Agius was dropped to the side back Marcelina was involved in Birkirkara s first action in the second half on the fifty eighth minute The Brazilan midfielder served Plut who raced inside the box and dribbled past his marker but his shot was blocked by Azzopardi Birkirkara created another good chance on the sixty second minute Sciberras served Temile

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    technique will certainly boost the Stripes strength while Mujanovic produced a solid display as a side back Mujanovic started on the right side back Vukanac and Mazzetti formed the central backs while Zerafa started on the left side back Andelkovic and Sciberras began as holding midfielders supporting Edmond Agius who was given the nod to push forward when in possession Camenzuli and Temile started at the either side of Edison Bilbao Matthew Guillaumier also made his debut when was included as a substitute deep into stoppage time One should mention that besides substitute goalkeeper Akpan all the substitutes were under the twenty one years of age Justin Haber Philip Schranz Edward Herrera and Ryan Scicluna were all recovering from different injures The First Half As a cup tie match carries a lot of weight and as expected the opening moments saw both teams not taking any risks Both teams went out compact and tried to dictate matters as much as possible possession especially in midfield Valletta suffered a set back after just thirteen minutes when they were forced to make the first substitution Abdelkarim Nafti sustained a muscle injury and was unable to continue playing with Uchenna Umeh taking his place at an early stage of the match There was not much to separate both sides in the opening twenty minutes with the Stripes having a slight edge over Valletta by dictating more play in midfield but there were failing to penetrate the third end with the forward trio hardly being involved The first scoring opportunity came at the twenty fourth minute for the Citizens Jhonnattann Benites drifted on the right channel and his fierce shot from a diagonal angle ended wide Pressure on both sides increased as time went by and this led to a player from each side being booked just before the half hour Vukanac was booked for a foul on Falcone while just moments later Lleylwn Cremona was cautioned following a challenge on Mujanovic Goalkeeper Kopric had to make his first interception just past the half hour In a fast counter attack Cremona served Umeh who sprinted forward before sending a through ball in the path of the on rushing Benites inside the box but the alert Birkirkara goalkeeper rushed out and neutralised the attack The Stripes were being quick in their passes in midfield as Sciberras Agius and Andelkovic combined well with the Citizens only chase their opponents while leaving space behind them In one of these situations a pass from midfield found Temile but the latter s shot ended over The end of a balanced first half found both teams heading to their dressing room in a goal less draw The Second Half The second half started more lively and it was Valletta who went close after eight minutes Falcone headed the ball in the path of Benites who hit a rasping drive that smashed against the crossbar However Valletta s initial strong start faded as the Stripes stepped up their performance They managed

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